Flash floods early this morning devastated parts of the Philippines leaving 436 people dead. This figure is expected to rise. Our colleagues in the Philippines Red Cross have already deployed Emergency Response Units, who rushed to the area and conducted search and rescue operations, as well as helping people to evacuate their homes . At least 4 evacuation centres have been set up on higher ground and local Red Cross volunteers remain on red alert.
So far the Philippines Red Cross have not asked for international assistance, but should they do so the Red Cross here in Ireland stands ready to respond. Our international humanitarian response experts are monitoring the situation closely. Should there be further developments we will keep you informed.
In the meantime, those who wish to make a donation can consider giving to the Emergency Response Fund, which allows the irish Red Cross respond to disasters around the world.
Photo 1: Cristio Tingson talks on his cell phone as workers search for victims of his buried house Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Iligan city in southern Philippines.Rescuers dug up eleven bodies but not Tingson's wife and three children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Photo 2: Rescuers carry a girl to safety following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan de Oro city, Philippines, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.(AP Photo/Erwin Mascarinas)